is like being grateful the mugger didn’t just kill you.
The appalling incompetence of the rollout of ACA might well stand as a symbol of the entire package. In America, the term ‘healthcare’ is an oxymoron, having very little to do with taking care of the health of the citizenry and much to do with making the insurance and pharmaceutical companies richer.
That’s the ONLY reason their lobbyists allowed the law to pass and they didn’t allow it until they were satisfied with the fine print. And, of course, until their political toadies’ speechwriters had come up with acceptable doublespeak.
The biggest downside of the ACA is the reliance on the private insurance industry.  There is yet another provision in the Affordable Care Act that can open the door for states to institute their own single-payer healthcare system.
Vermont decided to  set up their very own single payer system.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
Everyone will be able to go to any doctor or hospital in the state free of charge. No plans to figure out, no insurance forms to sweat over, no gotchas.
Another advantage of a single-payer system is the ability of the state [Vermont] to negotiate more aggressively with pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment suppliers There is no reason drugs and equipment should be so expensive here and cheaper abroad.
I haven’t seen the fine print on Vermont’s plan – don’t khow if it’s even gotten that far yet – so I can’t comment on the non-profit status of hospitals and healthcare providers, However, a good argument can be made that the first priority of a corporation should be to operate to the benefit of the public and only secondarily to the benefit of the corporate owners. That was, in fact, the original justification for corporations.
(Utah Phillips once spoke of the difference between making a living and making a killing.) 🙂
For millions of people, healthcare in this county sucks, particularly compared to other First World countries (which group is unlikely to include us a few years from now). I happen to have excellent medical coverage – unless I outlive my wife or the vultures manage to privatize USPS and loot the pension and benefit funds, in which case I’d be screwed. Vermont has been on my shortlist of possible places to relocate in the next year or two and a big part of that is their more humane sociopolitical outlook and culture. This just confirms that judgment.